Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hunter's Pre-school Style

A few weeks ago I shared that Hunter man started Pre-School!

He has adapted EXTREMELY well. When my mom takes him to the church based Pre-school Hunter runs right into his classroom and knows that before he plays he needs to put his lunch box in the appropriate bin and hang his bag on a hook on the wall.

each day they....

9:00-9:20: Arrival and Centers (playtime)
9:20-9:40: Circle Time (talking about the day and weather)
9:40-10:00: Snack
10:00-10:20: Bathroom time/diapers
10:20-10:40: Playground
10:40-11:15: Art
11:15-11:45: Rhythms/music
11:45-12:05: Playroom
12:05-12:35: Lunch
12:35-1:00: Story time

For Art we have about two items come home each week which isn't too bad. My plan is to hang it up for that one week.. maybe like this and I would switch out items as new ones come in...

I am also taking photos of each item that he brings home for inclusion in a little school year book that I want to make for him. We will of course save a few items but realistically we can only keep so much!


Side note... Hunter does NOT like to get his hands messy and was not a fan of the finger painting...

LUNCHES:

I make lunch for Hunter daily and it is a bit of a chore because homeboy hates sandwiches... Loves bread, peanut butter, ham, and cheese and all items that I would use to make a sandwich... but the second said items go between some bread it is a whole different ballgame. For the first few days I packed a sandwich thinking that he would catch on but no such luck...

Typically I pack:
- Water
- Applesauce
- clementine
- grapes or some type of berry
- Ritz crackers
- cheese (cut up into squares)
- 4 Mini alphabet letters from Trader Joes

I know it seems like a lot but it is truly just small quantities of each to make sure that he has a balanced lunch.

I pack his lunch into the cute little green wildkin lunch box from Amazon... I added some vinyl to the front

Inside I have a small container that I bought at Homegoods with little silicone cupcake holders to hold each item...

ATTIRE:

This is a hard one for me as I'm not the one to get Hunter ready for school in the morning because I'm already at work. Matt takes on all of the morning duties which is amazing and he does such a great job with it! To make his job easier in the mornings I've started organizing all of Hunter's outfits for the week on Sunday afternoons and hanging them together in his closet. All Matt has to do it grab the outfit for the day and there is no guess work or trying to put together outfits on hectic mornings.

I used the wooden door hangers which were $1 each from the craft store and I used vinyl to personalize them!



I love the results!

and I like knowing that the little man is going to school in style!

BACKPACK

One of my goals for the month of August was to make a backpack for Hunter... and while I didn't make one from scratch I did "modify" a backpack for him...

I started out with this small toddler pack that I found at Marshalls for only $12.99

Not really what I was looking for but I knew that I could make it work. First I removed the Converse patch from the front...

I used my silhouette Cameo to cut some left over fabric from Hunter's bedroom... It was my first time doing this and while the cutting of the fabric was easy I had some issues with the iron fabric adhesive... ANYWAY here is the end result!



Love the result and I'm sad that Hunter cannot use it for pre-school but I'm sure that we will use it for other things!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Hunter is TWO

Here is a little look back and a comparison of Hunter's life so far...

It seems like just yesterday we were meeting Hunter for the first time and hearing his first cries... not yet knowing the different tones and what they stood for yet.

Now our little guy can better communicate what he needs... there is still a good amount of screaming and still some cries if he is having a hard time finding the right words. It is tough being a toddler

Just yesterday we were taking his first footprints

Now these little feet are big enough to fit into size 7 shoes!

He has even grown out of the little boots that seemed so big when I bought them before his birth

We had to upgrade so that we can really splash in puddles.

Instead of relaxing cuddle sessions in bed...

 Hunter now jumps on the bed and torments the new little man in the family
 
He has gone from looking at Sophie from far away...
 
To trying to ride on her like a horse any time she stands still for a few seconds.

Hunter has gone from the one being held by an older sibling...

to the one doing the holding... 

Hunter has gone from looking so little in his car seat for the first time...

 To being a big boy in a forward facing seat

The first year he took Emma to camp he couldn't walk...
 
This summer we couldn't keep him from running around everywhere!

I remember feeding this little guy his first banana... 

Let's just say it isn't always pretty but Hunter is typically game to eat anything now... He loves it when his daddy cooks him pasta and last night he ate TWO HUGE hard shell tacos all on his own.

Hunter is growing into such an amazing little guy and I am so excited to see what this year will bring!

Monday, September 15, 2014

HUNTER WEEK

I know that I was a super slacker on the blog last week with a big fat ZERO in post quantity! It was for good reason though... my week was full of PTA obligations, work obligations, Matt's mom was in town, and most importantly we had a little guy that turned TWO!!!!


I cannot even express how fast time has gone in the last two years and I just love each and every day with my little man! It has been such a joy to see how Hunter grows and learns... he is truly developing a personality and each day is such a surprise!

This week I am going to devote my entire blog to him!

Here is what you will have to look forward to...

Tuesday- Hunter at TWO
  • Photos
  • Run down of developments
Wednesday- School
  • Backpack
  • Lunches
  • Daily clothing organization
Thursday- PARTY TIME
  • Photos
  • Run down of all of the fun construction party details
Friday- Favorite Things HUNTER EDITION

Friday, September 5, 2014

September Goals

How is September already here!!!

Here are my goals for the month...
  1. Run a 5 Miles Race... I'm signed up for a race on 14 September
  2. Maximize Family Fun Time... with three kids now I seem to always find myself being pulled in a million directions. I really want to make a point of doing one family activity per weekend. Time is just flying by and I really want to make the most of it with my kiddos because that is what is really important... A clean house is nice and all but not what my children are going to remember about their childhood.
  3. Start Christmas Shopping/DIY... I cannot believe that I'm saying this but I need to get on the ball with this. I plan to do a lot of DIY projects so stay tuned!
  4. Finish reading nook in playroom... So last month I painted some awesome wooden words for the wall where I want to create the reading nook and I was SOOO excited about them and I didn't even have the patience to wait for Matt to hang them properly so I threw them right up on the wall with Command strips... ANNNNNDDDD they fell off the wall and broke... GRRRR So now I'm ordering some vinyl to make the words... Stay tuned
  5. Be a PTA Superstar... haha Sooo I kind of made a mistake and signed up to head THREE PTA activities. Just kidding it is not a mistake at all! I just failed the realize that all three of the activities have a majority of the work in this first month of school!!!! I have sell advertising and compile the school directory, Design and sell spirit wear, and contract out after-school activities/ get kiddos to sign-up for said activities... A lot to do but I have all of the balls in the air right now and I'm 100% confident that I can rock all or these!  P.S - If you would like to advertise in our directory let me know!
  6. Become a LEGO master... Sooo to add to the crazy Matt has decided to that he would like to coach a First Lego League. This is total robotics world that I have no idea about but Emma is totally into it. I think that it is SUPER sweet that Matt wants to do this but it means that I need to figure out the logistics and assist in forming a team. Matt's company will sponsor the club-- Paying for their fees into the official league and a few of the "Legos"  I mean these things are hard-core
  7. Trip to Savannah... I will be heading down to Savannah mid-month with my mom and the two boys (Emma will be at her Dad's that weekend and Matt will be camping with the guys). This visit I plan to paint Claire's bedroom and post some items on eBay for Anne.
  8. Throw an awesome Construction Birthday Party... This is happening!
Can anyone thinks of anything else to throw my way???

August Re-Cap

Here is how I did with my goals for the month of August
 
Successes:
  1. Loose 5 lbs... Lost 4 lbs and only 4 more to go before I'm at my pre-pregnancy weight.
  2. RUN... I'm up to 4 Miles without walking. Matt hasn't being going with me SLACKER but I'm going to try to get him to run at least once a week. Still planning on doing a 5 mile race the weekend of Hunter's birthday party
  3. Move furniture around in Gibson's Room... Done and Done. I really like the layout. Just need to take some photos now so that I can update you!
  4. Create a homework station for back-to school... Shared some ideas HERE
  5. Backpack for Hunter... While I didn't make it 100% on my own I did personalize a back pack for Hunter... only to find out that he cannot take it to school... but I will share it next Tuesday and he can use it to take stuff to nana's house.
  6. Organize Hunter's Clothes... he now only has clothes that fit him in his closet and dresser AND I had some fun buying the little man a few new Fall items from Old Navy...
  7. Trip to Savannah... Gibson and I made the trip early in the month. It was so wonderful to help out my sister-in-law. Details here and here

Shortcomings... Not going to say Fail...
  1. Sell at least $300 worth of items on eBay... My end of the month total for ebay sales came to.... $250
  2. Create a reading nook in the playroom
  3. Touch-up paint in the house

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Stitch Fix #4

On Tuesday I received my 4th Stitch Fix box and let me just say that I wasn't too excited. I opened my box and right from the letter I felt negative about it...
 


Number 1... I had requested NO MORE JEANS... Why would they send me jeans...

Number 2... asked for Gray pants... again NOT JEANS. I wanted something that I could wear to work

Straight from the letter I felt like WTF I wanted something that I could wear to work and fine if you cannot find something that fits that request I get it... But don't just send me something that I specifically asked not to get for a while. Just say sorry I couldn't fill that request and that we can try again next time and pick out something that I might potentially like...

Grrr okay enough with my venting... here is what was in the box.

Jill Michael - Montgomery Beaded Hoop Earrings ($42)

They are fine... Can get the same at Target I feel like for MUCH cheaper

Kensie Jeans - Kaleigh Ankle Biter Skinny Jeans ($68)
Daniel Rainn - Minal V-Neck 3/4 Sleeve Solid Blouse ($68)
Just like the name I'm a bit biter about these jeans... While they are grey I don't want jeans in my box right now and they are a little tight and for a tall girl they hit at an odd spot on my ankle


The top is fine... thinking at this point that this might be the only item that I keep. The blush color does not come through very well in these photos. Surprisingly I also like the way that it hangs and the buttons come to a point which I like.

Three Dots - Liliana Draped Pocket Open Cardigan ($128)

First of all.... $128 for a freaking cotton drape cardigan WTF NO!!! With arms close by my side it looks okay.. but arms out I look like a flying squirrel
 

Loveappella - Calisa Twist-front Maxi Dress ($74)

Not feeling this AT ALL... don't see where I would ever wear it...

Here is the breakdown...


Earrings: $42
Blush Blouse: $68
Cardigan: $128
Jeans: $68
Maxi Dress: $74


TOTAL: $380

If I were to buy everything I get a 25% discount. So with the discount and minus the $20 styling fee my total would be $270.
 
I think that it is clear that I will not be purchasing everything but I do not want to loose my $20 styling credit so I will be keeping the top... The rest is going back into the box!



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Want to try Stitch Fix??? I still highly recommend... not every box can be a home run...  Here is some additional Info


Want to see my past boxes????
Stitch Fix #1
Stitch Fix #2
Stitch Fix #3

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Back to School Fun

Over the last two days the Park Household has been busy getting two kiddos off to school!

This year Emma started her 5th grade year at Beech Tree. I'm filled with a mixture of emotions... I cannot believe that this is her last year in elementary school! I love her school, her friends, teachers, and parents and this is our last year of that. Emma is people placed so next year it is likely that she will go to a school where she doesn't know anyone and we will not have the interactions with such amazing parents... At least we will still have soccer with many of them!

I'm also so excited for her! She is turning into such an amazing young lady that surprises me daily. I feel so blessed to be her mother and to have the opportunity to see her grow. She is so smart and driven! She even puts up with my crazy obsession with putting vinyl on EVERYTHING!



Yesterday as I took her to school I repeatedly stressed that if she needed to put her name or a number or ANYTHING that she was NOT to write it with a sharpie! That I would take care of it when she got home... I have issues!

and speaking of vinyl and my obsession with my Silhouette machine... Hunter was also included in my back to school madness this year!

Hunter headed off to Pre-school this morning!

He was so excited and ran right into the classroom not even noticing that we were leaving. As we said good-bye he simply ignored us running from one toy to the next. We went to a 45 minute orientation yesterday and while he needs some work on sharing I think that he is going to adapt well and I think that this is a great chance to have some interaction with kiddos his own age. The only thing that I'm a bit apprehensive about is that he is one of the youngest in the class (Turning TWO next week) but a smart guy so I think that he will hold his own.

He headed off to class with a personalized lunch box...

I also made him a backpack but yesterday at orientation all of the kids were given a canvas bag.... with their names written in sharpie... I almost had a heart attack but I will figure out something...